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>> sometimes they have water, sometimes none at all. a machine could be a life saver in developing countries. >> they are not old enough to smoke it, but old enough to pick it, children working in tobacco
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feeds. a new report says that is making them sick. >> it looks like this and dropped off on the first little kid in the middle of the road. >> per i will at play time. a bounce house takes flight with children inside. good morning and welcome to aljazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. >> a massive rescue operation underway after a deadly mine explosion in turkey, that accident happening near istanbul. >> 205 are dead and hundreds more still trapped inside. rescue crews have been pumping oxygen down into the mine. you can see a live picture of the ongoing efforts. they are trying to keep survivors alive. >> this accident happened after an explosion more than a mile underground. we have the latest. >> with each one of the dead or injured pulled out, the extent of the accident becomes clearer
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to families and fellow miners. the number of dead is expected to rise, 101 still not accounted for. 787 people were inside the mine at the time of the explosion. more than usual, as workers were preparing for a shift change. >> we had been working in a mine nearby. >> an electrical fault is blamed. it affected a lift, making it difficult to escape. 420 meters underground, the rescue mission is a difficult task and had to be temporarily halted because of high levels of carbon monoxide. >> we are waiting. i have two relatives in the
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mine. we have been they're since this afternoon and we are still here. no one is giving us any information. >> the accident prompted anger from the workers who blamed the mining company. >> this is not something that suddenly happen. there are people here who are dying. people who are injured. it's all because of money. people are dying and there's nothing we can do about it. they send us here like lambs to the slaughter. we are not safe doing this job. caroline has the latest. >> the energy minister said that he's greatly worried about the hundreds still trapped inside the mine because it seems oh so difficult to get access to them 22 hours after this accident happened. he's concerned this will turn out to be one of the worst disasters for workers in turkey's history. we're expecting to see the prime minister arrive at the scene and meet with investigators.
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they've launched an official investigation into what he said happened at this mine. he's supposed to tour the local hospital, meet with survivors and speak to the relatives of those killed or injured in this horrible accident. the private company who owns this mine also said they are launching their own investigation. we do know two kilometers down into the mine there was a blast, an explosion caused by electrical fault that led to all the electronics cut in the mine and there's a fire we still believe is burning inside the mine at the moment. >> that is caroline malone reporting from western turkey. >> in west virginia, another coal mining accident has killed two miners, a blast killed them on monday while they were preparing the minor abandonment. it is located 50 whiles south of charleston. that particular mine has a long history of safety violations. according to federal records, the oh company did not report injuries to dozens of miners in 2012 and 2013. >> anyery.
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>>'s government willing to negotiate with boko haram for the release of the kidnapped school girls. a video was posted offering to exchange the girls for prisoners. the government is being pressured for the way it has handled the situation. prime minister of britain is moving to ban boko haram in noise country. >> we are taking the steps for banning boko haram as a terrorist organization. in banning boko haram, australia will be acting with nigeria and our partners, the united states, the united kingdom, canada and new zealand. >> there is a growing international search for the girls. the united states has already labeled boko haram a terrorist organization. >> ukrainian's government has
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agreed to national unity talks today. ukraine's prime minister and national lawmakers are attending, but separatist rebels are not part of the talks. the craneian government said six soldiers were killed in the eastern part of the country, blaming armed separatists for attacks. the attack happened on the same day as the visit to kiev by germany's foreign minister. he is calling for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. >> the most dangerous chemical weapons in syria have been removed from that country. there's a new report that indicates a bashar al assad's forces may be using less toxic chemicals like chlorine there. there is strong evidence that syrian army helicopters dropped chlorine gas on three rebel held towns last month. the foreign minister of france accusing assad of the same thing. his regime has used chemical weapons 14 times since last
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october, including a few weeks ago. assad is supposed to dismantle his chemical weapon stockpiles by the end of june. >> the man in charge of trying to end that bloody civil war in syria now stepping down. u.n. envoy is going to leave his post at the end of the month. his two year term ends much as the same way as for his predecessor, with no syrian peace plan in place. >> apologies once more that we haven't been able to help them as much as they deserve, as much as we should have, and also to tell them that the tragedy in their country shall be solved. they have shown incredible resilience and dignity. >> he and other world leaders tried to bring syria's government and rebels to the negotiating table several times with little success.
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u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon saying he has not found a replacement yet for the foreign minister. >> 30 million people around the world classified as internally displaced, forced to flee their homes because of war but are still inside the country. the highest numbers are found in syria, columbia and nigeria. >> the numbers are staggering and what they amount to are millions of lives torn apart. they tell a story of desperation, hardship and heartbreak, as millions of people dependent on handouts. >> it is in many ways an x-ray of a global conscience and i think we're failing because 8.2 million people had to flee their homes last year. we have never had as many on record that have been forced to flee their homes as now. >> the reports by the internal displacement monitoring center
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found 33.3 million people were internally displaced worldwide at the end of the last year. the countries with the highest number, syria with 6.5 million, columbia with 7.5 million, nigeria with 3.3 million. here, too, they have nowhere to go, central african republic, facing the highest level of new displacements. this is the city of homs in syria. these were homes where lives once thrived, now everyone has gone. the report states that a family is forced to leave their home in syria every 60 seconds. that's 9,500 people a day. >> it's hard to help the internal displaced. they are on the bottom of the pit really of humanity's efforts to help each other.
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internal displaced are hard to reach. it is often very dangerous and it is under-funded. we need to do much more to prevent conflict. at the same time, we need to do more to help people home. the numbers accumulating, now 33.3 million and rising. >> imagine what it's like to have everything taken away from you. imagine what it's like if you were told you can't go home today, and not tomorrow, may be never. stephanie decker, aljazeera. >> that 33.3 million figure was up 4.5 million from the people at the end of 2012, mashing it the second year that in a row of record highs. >> another fast moving fire. >> from oklahoma to texas to
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further out west, we've seen a rash of these fires in the last two weeks. now with triple digit temperatures and high winds in the forecast this week and drought stricken california, residents have been bracing for their own wildfires and tuesday morning, the fires came. around 10:45 a.m., the fires started in north san diego county, then swept by 25-mile an hour wind gusts and quickly spread over 850-acres with flames in some places reaching eight feet high and smoke so thick it made the roadway nearly impassable in some parts. the fires came dangerously close to homes prompting residents to fight the fire with garden hoses. san diego sheriffs overnight said 5,000 people as well as 400 animals had to be evacuated. this morning, firefighters are still battling the fires and yet things appear to be getting back to normal. >> our residents are good to go back to the residents in the evacuated areas.
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>> the bootses on the ground to do all of this. incredibly wind driver fire like this. we certainly have no loss of life or major injuries that i'm aware of. it is a successful day when you can walk away from an incident like that. >> there is also a much smaller wildfire just outside of los angeles tuesday. that burned 150-acres. already, authorities say there has been nearly twice as much wildfire activity as normal in southersouthernsouthern californ 2014. >> rising temperatures creating a bigger risk for wildfires today. >> let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell for more. >> that's really telling that we're already ahead for the season and we haven't gotten into the worst part of the year, late officer and into fall. taking the broad picture across the country, moisture, eastern half of the country, very dry in the western portion of the country and a lot of that
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portion of the country is under drought conditions so that doesn't help with all of this as we go forward. definite pattern difference, warm air up the east coast, stuff in the central united states and out to the west with funnel winds from the eastern desert areas over the mountains, as that comes over, the santa ana winds dry and warm as those winds descend, making things very warm and then the wind itself could spread any fires that we have in this direction. we already have a number of southern california moving into mexico, fires that we have been dealing with and we're very concerned for that risk today. it's not just california, but texas, oklahoma under some of those extreme levels of drought. as you look at most of the western half of the country, there are some parts impacted by all of this, so it's a very dangerous situation out here. california today, we have that low relative humidity.
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that's going to be a problem. the winds are gusting over 15 miles per hour. that means that potential through the day on friday. places like california, los angeles, temperatures over 100 degrees. this is may that we are dealing with that, so already very, very warm getting through the next couple of days. we have those high levels of fire rings. other side of the country, it is severe weather that little our risk. more on that coming up. >> just keeps getting better. >> the murder trial of oscar pistorius put on hold this morning, the judge ordering him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. during the trial, questions were raised about his mental condition after a defense witness testified he could suffer from anxiety and depression. pistorius will likely receive treatment for 30 days as an out patient, accused of absoluting his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. he thought she was an intruder. >> drinking water in short
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supply. >> there's a new piece of technology bringing relief to one region. we'll show you an h2o atm. >> barely out of elementary school, already doing hard labor, children as young as nine working in u.s. tobacco feeds. it could be making them sick. >> you take someone whose hopes and dreams of childhood are so imperative and private and then just outright steal their money and provide nothing in return. >> they went to mexico with the promise of coming home with a baby, but the scam that left them childless and in some cases costing them tens of thousands of dollars. >> $97 million, it's our big number of the day. how part of it will be used to repay american troops.
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>> now for today's big number, $97 million, it's the amount student loan lender sally may agreed to pay for charging
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excessive interest loan rates to members of the military. >> that settlement announced by the justice department. it includes $30 million that will go to the fdic for additional late fees sally may profited from. >> officials say cantaloupes were likely contaminated at jensen farms in colorado. two brothers who owned the packing house were sentenced to five years probation. >> welcome to al jazeera america. straight ahead, there are increasing calls for the white house to deal with a growing scandal, mounting accusations of
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veterans being mistreated at v.a. hospitals across the country. >> first a look at temperatures across the nation today. meteorologist nicole mitchell is back. nicole. >> good morning. definitely a couple of contrasts out here from the very warm in the southwest. temperatures well above average, fueling that fire to the cool stuff in the midsection of the country. through the day, the warm air ahead of that system is going to fuel the risk for severe weather, something we'll watch from the gulf coast through portions of the great lakes region. heavy rain along with this. i like these temperatures, 50's and 60's, almost feeling like fall before jumping right into that summer heat. ahead of the system, though, look at temperatures, 70's and 80's, places like washington, d.c., 83 degrees and then the really hot stuff into the southwest. the next couple days, that will remain in place under that flow, coming kind of out of the south. that helps dry everything out, as well. los angeles skirting right
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around 100 degrees for the next couple days. i think i got wednesday and thursday reversed on all of this, but the midsection of the country remains in that comfortable range. if you have outdoor plans, one good spot to go do those. >> 70's and 80's are good, though, we want to point that out. >> not to 100, though. >> outrage over veterans dying. some of calling for a resignation. daniel lee joins us from washington. there have been major protests from veterans groups, saying it's been a problem for years. >> that's right, stephanie. they just haven't been heard until now, they say. the big question is whether the secretary is going to take the fall for this. there have been calls for his resignation and question are mounting about what top of a officials knew and when. >> there's growing outrage this morning over reports of poor or
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delayed care at the hands of the veteran affairs health care system. in phoenix, arizona at a packed legion meeting, dozens of veterans and their loved ones shared their personal trauma. >> i could not get through. i could not get a line. >> i was never really seen. >> six months to another three months or four months, that gives me 10 mounts out that i can't see to doctor. >> the v.a. is and you had at this timing facilities. in dozens of cases, wait times what i have contributed to patient deaths. >> i think every american should be outraged at how our veterans are being treated. >> an internal memo from march of 2013 shows top of a officials learned of the problem well before the current allegation and have been trying quietly to fix it. now the american legion and some lawmakers are calling for the v.a. secretary to resign. >> the question of the secretary
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is did he know and if not, he did not know what was in a g.a.o. or inspector general's report, why not? >> the white house said president obama is confident the secretary will take the right response to the scandal. >> the secretary will testify before congress tomorrow. he is sure to get hammered about these dangerous backlogs by democrats and republicans. >> has the white house given any reason for these patient backlogs? >> what the white house has said is that the secretary was trying to expand care to veterans, specifically to those suffering from ptsd and the that the number of people coming in for treatment may have overwhelmed the system, creating this backlog we are now seeing. >> thank you. >> climate change, now a direct threat to national security. this according to a new report from a panel of former pentagon leaders, blaming global warming
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for increasing tensions in this countries, saying extreme weather causes troop levels to be stretched thin causing unrest in regions of the world. climate change can also have a serious effect on the quality and quantity of water in some countries. india, resources are stretched thin and the shortage hitting people hard in the slums. as aljazeera reports, in some areas, the access is improving, thanks to a new invention. >> every morning, people in the slum in new delhi have to fight for water. a government tanker suddenly arrives and they have just a few minutes to grab what they can. a youth said this is the only way for people in his colony to get water clean enough to drink. there's no other supply from the government. >> we have to get up at 6:00 in the morning and stand here with
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our containers. if the tanker comes, we get water. if it doesn't, god help us. >> these few buckets are free but many say it's not enough. they can pump from the ground, but it's filthy. the world health organization estimates there are 97 million indians who don't have access to clean water. it's people who live in slums like this that are the worst affected. illnesses like diarrhea, toy to do and skin infections common here because the ground water they depend on is contaminated. it's a problem that people here no longer have. they can access up to 20-liters of water as a time using this a.t.m. >> this this plan, they can access water, clean, pure drinking water 24 hours seven and that is available anytime. >> a private n.g.o. and the government teamed up to build this on-site pure if i occasion
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system which then delivers drinking water through these a.t.m.'s. this woman bought a smart card for $2. she pace 5 cents for 20-liters of water. she said it's money worth spending. >> my son would vomit, his stomach would hurt and he'd have a fever and cough. now i don't let him drink water from the tanker. i just give him this water. >> with india's ever increasing population, access to water is a pressing issue. the government hopes invasions like this will help it meet the demand. aljazeera america, new delhi. >> despite the in know occasions, other water sources in india are still contaminated. one in five diseases in that country are water borne. >> we take so much for granted in this country. >> mending fences in the middle east. >> or in the case of keeping
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your friends close and enemies closer, saudi arabia inviting iran to sit down for talks. we'll talk about how that conversation would affect the region and u.s. interests overseas. >> i couldn't work at all. i was just laying in the bed. >> kids exposed to nicotine without ever lighting a cigarette. the dangerous conditions where child labor advocates say some as young as nine are working. >> a glimpse inside the very private life of former first lady jackie kennedy onassis. >> it may be hump day, but that's not why farmers in the middle east of kissing their camels. >> it's just one of the stories making headlines around the world. can't wait to see this one.
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>> just before 1:30 in the afternoon in budapest. 62 degrees, cloudy skies.
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welcome to al jazeera america. >> ahead in this half hour, the report claiming some american children are working long hours in dangerous and toxic conditions in some of this countries tobacco farms. >> the dream of parenthood becoming a nightmare. some were swindled during the surrogacy process. and doctors fighting to curb the cost of cancer drugs. >> a coal mining accident in turkey have killed 200 and 200 more trapped a mile blow ground. the workers were changing shifts when an explosion and a fire happened. more than 360 miners were rescued. wildfires forced 5,000 people near san diego to evacuate their homes suicide about that sanity in a anna winds fueled the flames. firefighters got the upper hand on the fire when winds died down and people returned home.
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>> nigeria government is willing to negotiate for the release of 276 as i had napped school girls by boko haram. the girls may be released in exchange for prisoners. there is an international search for the missing girls. >> we might be on the path to a nuclear deal. iran and six world powers beginning talks in vienna today. u.s. wants iran to reduce its present nuclear capabilities in exchanges for sanctions. an agreement in place expires in july. chuck hagel promises american allies in the persian gulf that negotiations with iran will not weaken their security. >> saudi arabia inviting a top diplomat to sit down for talks. it is important and surprising step. the countries have been at odds since the iranian revolution 35
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years ago. saudi's foreign minister saying his iranian counter port is now welcome. >> we have relations with them and we will negotiate with them. we will talk with them in the hope that if there are any differences, they would be... >> a professor of islamic history from columbia university joins us. the prince said the foreign minister is welcome. how significant is this invitation? >> the timing of this is very important, because this is in the context of the nuclear negotiations going on, and just as the united states wants to make sure that israel is onboard with whatever happens, they need to do the same thing with saudi
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arabia that the saudis make the initiative is an important step. >> why now? why have it the foreign minister now? >> july 20 is when they have this deadline. the important thing is the saudis have conceived of iran as a great rival in the middle east in the gulf area, and i think it's important to try and cool that down somewhat and this is now the time to do it, he is an outstanding foreign minister and i think he's the person to make this happen. >> on the on that sides of many of the conflicts we see on a daily basis in the middle east, the situation in syria, yes, ye, iraq, what may be in the wider area as a result of these talks? >> the crucial area is really syria. there the iranian government has a very clear role supporting the assad regime and you have lots
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of money coming from the gulf particularly from saudi arabia supporting the opposition. there you have what could if things deteriorated turn into a performy war. it means that both sides have leverage over their particular clients. particularly with the idea that maybe assad will stay in power, but there will be some sort of settlement or division of power. you need the two sides to agree on that. >> the american audience has seen promise in this region before, and we have seen that promise break down so many times. is this a cause for optimism or is it a cause for cautious optimism? >> oh, i think there's a cause for optimism. all of the earlier possible breakthroughs, that sort of internal flaws largely on the iranian side because of the unwillingness of the supreme guide to get behind what was
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going on. but now, this effort a find a resolution to the nuclear problem and get the sanctions reduced and improve the climate in the region, so iran can become more of a partner than a foe. >> thank you for being with us this morning. >> 13 are working legally on america's tobacco farms under hazard conditions. kids as young as nine are being exposed to toxic chemicals, long hours and other dangers. the group documented children across four tobacco-growing states. >> they board a school bus every morning, but it's not school they're going to. they're heading to work. thousands of children, some as young as nine will put in up to
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50 hours a week on america's tobacco farms, where according to human rights watch, they are being poisoned, exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides. >> when you spray, you can tell the chemical. it is very, very, very strong. i couldn't work at all. i couldn't even stand. >> 141 children were interviewed by human rights watch and reported vomiting, nausea and headaches working the fields, consistent with green tobacco sickness. that happens when workers absorb nicotine while handling toe khaki plants. it's almost as if they were smoking cigarettes, too young to buy cigarettes, but old enough to pick the ingredients to make them. by law, children cannot work during school hours but with summer coming, they are explosionure to tobacco increases. >> the worst thing about it, you'll get fevers.
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you can get sick just by the smell of it. >> it's not just life threatening effects. the kids sometime work in extreme heat, handling dangerous tools up to 12 hours a day. >> when i first went out in the fields, i didn't know what to do. i used a knife to cut the flower on top off. >> the report urged the u.s. government to keep children out of tobacco farms but with the department of labor having withdrawn a 2011 proposal prohibiting kids from under 16 working tobacco, a change may not come quickly. >> you feel there's no air. you look down, you book beside and you're only halfway done and you feel like it's time for us to get out, because you feel like you're going to die in there. >> human rights watch it is 10 of the largest tobacco companies are reviewing its findings and developing child labor policies, none of the companies prohibits those under 18 from having contact with tobacco.
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>> a session of parliament in honduras resulted in chaos. military police used tear gas to remove the president and lawmakers. he was ousted in a military coo in 2009 after trying to change the countries constitution. >> the tea party notch add primary victory in nebraska. voters selected conservative ben saff. a former official with the george bush administration campaigned with the support of tea party favorites, former governor sarah palin and senator ted cruz. he easily beat out several candidates, receiving 48% of the vote. he is considered the favorite in the general election where he'll face democratic dave domina, an
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omaha attorney. >> for some families who can't have children the traditional way, surrogacy provides an option but is expensive. when one mexican company offered a faster and cheaper way to do it, couples signed up in droves. as we explain, it was all a big scam. >> it was a disaster. >> absolute disaster. >> it just unraveled, the whole process. >> crash and burn. >> jonah and chris have wanted children ever since they started dating back in college. finally, a few months ago, the new mexico couple thought they had found a solution in cancun. mexico is the newest destination for americans seeking international surgery gas. chris and jonah went south of the bored tore visit an agency called planet hospital. >> basically, the prices were a
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lot more affordable doing surrogacy in mexico. >> you didn't see any red flags initially. >> well, hindsight's 20/20, you know, so. >> there were some red flags. >> it turned out starting a family in paradise was a nightmare. >> the clinic pulled out, and we had to switch clinics and then we ended up with a u.s. egg donor who turned out to be homophobic and basically left us in a lurch. >> after sending planet hospital tens of thousands of dollars, the company failed to deliver. >> we lost over $20,000 from planet hospital trying to do surrogacy in mexico. >> jonathan daley is a d.c. trial lawyer and would-be father, also burned in cancun. he sent more than $30,000 to planet hospital and rudy rupok. >> i've never seen the level of
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victimization where you take someone who's hopes and dreams are childhood are so imperative and private, and then outright steal their money and provide nothing in return. i've never seen that level of fraud. >> daily launched his own investigation. stunned to discover another 40 couples, just like him, people left with a pile of bills and no babies. >> they came from australia, from england, from canada, and of course, the united states. >> now daley is fighting back. >> i was going to put an end to this. it was my absolute goal to put an end to planet hospital. >> now jonathan daley's efforts may have paid off. he says the u.s. attorney's office in san diego now has a grand jury investigating the situation. aljazeera america contacted the c.e.o. of planet hospital. he issued this statement:
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>> on thursday, part three of making babies, america tonight taking a look at the science of starting a family. you can see that at 9:00 p.m. eastern on aljazeera america. >> president obama will be talking about america's transportation infrastructure today during a visit to the bridge in tarry town new york. just north of new york city, actually. the president will call on congress to support his $302 billion transportation plan. you're looking at a live shot right now of terrytown. a new bridge is being builtancy the old one. >> an army who served with distinction in afghanistan has been given the countries highest military honor. president obama awarded the medal of honor to kyle white, sergeant white was cited for
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heroic actions when he save add comrade's life and made sure other wounded soldiers were safely evacuated. white deflected praise for his action, saying it was all about taking care of his team. >> the medal of honor is said to be the nation's highest award for valor by one individual. to me, it is much more. it is representation of the responsibility we accept as warriors and members of a team. it is a testament to the trust we have in each other and our leaders. because of these reasons, the medal cannot be an individual award. >> sergeant white says he will never forget the six soldiers killed during that attack in afghanistan. >> there's a bracelet on his wrist he said more important to the medal around his neck. >> bittersweet day for him. >> headlines making news around the world, is there a new ingredient to that special beef patty on a sesame seed bun.
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according to a pregnant woman in iowa, she alleges she ate a burger laced with marijuana. she says that she got it home, she looked and it was so bad that she actually had to put it in a plastic bag, because the odor of marijuana was so bad. we have not heard from mcdon inside anything about this or whether or not this is actually true. >> the local police are sething and they have the burger, as evidence. we'll see what happens. >> we hope they have the burger as evidence. >> you have heard the saying loving some things to death. in saudi arabia that apply to say cam else. despite the recent mers outbreak, farmers have refused to stop kissing their cam else, who carry the disease. they show their love to the cam else saying we've worked with camels for years and have never
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gotten the disease. >> >> monkey business, officials using monkey to say reduce the bird strikes near an air base. they are nested and they can't knock them down. the monkeys really help out. we have serious problems here in new york and other airports around the country. maybe we need monkeys. >> they trained two monkeys and it's been effective. they say that once the monkeys have knocked the nest out, the birds won't rebuild, because they feel threatened by the monkeys. ecological solution. >> personal letters from one of america's most famous woman up for auction. >> a junk jackie kennedy saying that she confided in an irish priest long before marrying j.f.k. these letters have never been published. >> dozens of unpublished letters
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show how she stayed in touch with the priest. jackie kennedy was known for keeping her feelings to herself, so these letters offer a glimpse into her private life revealing loneliness and suspicion. >> despite such a public life, jackie kennedy was a private person, rarely revealing her feelings, but there was someone who she connified in, a man of the cloth she met at a catholic church in dublin. she expressed her struggles with faith, saying she debt prettily wanted to get close to god again. she spoke about meeting the young canningman john f. kennedy. >> he's like my father she wrote. >> she admitted she loved being married to j.f.k., much more than i did even in the
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beginning, but the letters show life at the white house and in the spotlight was hard for her. >> maybe i'm just dazzled, she wrote and pictured myself in the world of crown heads and men of destiny and not just a sad little housewife. that world can be gop rouse from the outside, but if you're in it and you're lonely, i did can be a hell. her daughter paid tribute to her. >> my mother was a woman of tremendous courage and commitment. she worked hard to do her very best every day of her life. >> jackie kennedy worked hard to protect her children from her own personal grief over her husbands assassination. she revealed i am so bitter against god, but i have to think there is a god or i have no hope of finding jack again, administration god will have some explaining to do. >> in one of her last letters, she wrote how she would have
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rather lost her own life than lost jack. the priest died in 1964. jackie kennedy onassis died 30 years later. her letters are expected to go for as much as $1.5 million. >> did she send the priest anything else other than the letters? >> yes, she sent christmas cards, photographs, newspaper clippings, all of those going up on the auction block. >> a multi-dimensional woman we're always learning about jackie kennedy. >> teens are reading less than in previous decades. >> you could blame cell phones and video games, but something parents are doing differently may also be to blame. >> a history lesson on the floor of the ocean, the ship wreck found off the coast of carolina and the great escape that made it an icon of the civil war. that is our discovery of the day. >> he hit his head off the back of my car. there's a little spot where he was.
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>> parents watch in horror as their children are whisked away. the inflatable play ground that whisked away children and why nobody is facing charges.
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>> time now for our discovery of the day. archeologists found the wreckage of a civil war era ship. the confederate owned steamer sailed back into the charleston harbor, common deared by a former slave who rendered it to union soldiers offshore. the ship went down during a storm. sonar was used to locate it northeast of charleston under 15 feet of water in sand. smalls by the way went on to fight for the union and later became the first black congressman from south carolina. >> there is a troubling trend in
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america. teenagers are not reading as much as they used to. the non-profit group common sense media found 45% of 17-year-olds only read for fun once or twice a year, down from 1984 when 64% said they did so at least once a week. there could be a lot of reasons for this, including parenting. in 1999 parents of children 2-7 were reading to their kids about 45 minutes a day. that was down to 30 minutes last year. director of communications at common sense media, the group that released some study joins us from san francisco this morning. thanks for getting up early to be with you the here. first of all, how did you define reading in this study? did it include reading of all kinds or did electronic reading devices count? >> it was reading on all devices, books, e readers, all the smart electronic technology
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available to the kids now. the study looked over 10 years, so the amount of research on kids using easement readers is still scant. we need more there. >> the study shows that interest in reading seems to decline as children get older. 53% of 9-year-old's read for fun every day versus just 19% of 17-year-old's. what do you think is behind this? >> there could be a lot of things that it is attributed to. kids have opportunities to do so many other things, so when we are using technology, for instance, they're only a click or a swipe away from finding something else to do that might be a little bit more interesting and engaging at that time. there's also kids, they have so much homework and there seems to be little time in the day. as kids age, perhaps the priority lifts on setting aside time for reading. >> are kids reading less because
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they are getting more screen time? i know some of the kids interviewed say they're watching t.v. more. >> yeah, well, i mean these, you know, technology is prevalent to a degree that is really spans forming kids' lives. you know, it's just again, so easy to have an e-reader or tablet to do reading on and the potential for reading is there, but are they really doing it. we are looking at how kids media use in america is transforming childhood. kids under two, 38% of kids under two have used smart technology, mobile devices. what are they doing with that technology? we have to be mindful if we don't set aside final for longer form read, then we're at a loss. kids today are the twitter generation, used to communicate, 140 characteries and texts.
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it all amounts to reading. is it the kind of read that go allows them to really expand creative thinking or critical thinking or, you know, something a bit more involved. >> now year getting into some of the potential impacts of kids not reading for pleasure. i wonder if your research looks into whether these devices, ipads and iphones and all of the screens, lead to over stimulation where picking up a book seems boring. >> we need more research in this area, but i'm the parent of two teenagers and it is a constant battle. i mean to sit and have to focus on a longer format, and really, indulgence in fine writing is frankly not as attractive. when there is time to read, it's usually homework or, you know, some of this more -- it's not the stuff that allows you to escape in a book and form your
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own ideas. we could use more research as far as the influence of technology on kids and the amount of distraction that it does cause and the ability to focus. you know, there's more research definitely needed. >> indeed. thank you. >> i have been reading along with you. by wait, this week we've had snow, but it looks like today the rain is going to be a huge problem. >> let's go back to meteorologist nicole mitchell for more on the wet weather we can expect today. >> could be too much. the places in the gulf coast would happily share with california interns of the rain. really, the western half of the country dry, the eastern half getting very moist out here over the next couple of days. it's going to be widespread where we have this front moving through. it is not a fast mover and is really drug in the gulf moisture. as this continues to spread across the region through the day, already rain moving into places such as mississippi,
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tennessee, by the time we get into this afternoon, a little bit more widespread, and start to go make its way up the east coast, so the next couple of days will be moist there, as well. the heaviest amount of rain, along the gulf coast, especially later into today, widespread two or three inches, but some places could see six inches or more and this has been a wet region the last month, leading to the flood concerns. >> if only they could move that west, right? >> do a sharing project. >> everybody's mixed up. >> police in south glenn falls in new york say no charges will be filed after a strong wind sent an inflatable bounce house into the air while thee children were inside. >> best bounce ever. two boys ages five and six were seriously injured, so it is no laughing matter. they fell out of the balloon 15-20 feet in the air, a 10-year-old girl suffering minor scrapes and bruising when she fell. >> personally, i thought that was my sister falling through the sky.
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i saw arms and legs going. >> i watched the fellow put it up, he staked it and did it correctly. the kids were having fun until they screamed for me to come down and i saw that. >> the man who owns the bounce house used plastic stakes to keep it in place, but they were apparently no match for the strong wind. they are calling the incident a tragic accident. >> here's a look at the news we are following this hour. three days of national mourning underway in turkey for miners killed in an explosion, hundreds of miners still trapped inside. >> kids as young as nine facing hazardous conditions working in american tobacco farms. the report said the kids are exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides, working up to 50 hours a week. >> after the bloodiest day for soldiers, kiev holding unit talks. the meeting do not include pro-russian separatists. >> fighting the city gun problem
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but wine now finding its place. >> france no longer the world's leading consumer of wine. two reasons why america is now the king of the vine. >> good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. >> a massive operation underway after a mine explosion in turkey, 230 people dead, hundreds trapped inside. rescue crews have been pumping oxygen into the mine, trying to keep possible survivors alive. >> the accident happened 155 miles south of istanbul. turkish authorities say an electrical fault sparked the explosion and fire more than a mile underground. >> 367 people were evacuated through their own efforts and during the initial rescue operation. in total, 787 had been working in the mine and some are still inside. there are 76 wounded.
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>> miners expressing anger as their situation. >> this is not something that suddenly happened. i can tell you there are people here who are dying, people injured, and it's all because of money. people are dying and there's nothing we can do about it. they send us here like lambs to the slaughter, we are not safe doing this job. >> the rescue mission has been stopped once because of high levels of carbon monoxide coming from the mine. we are on the ground with the latest. >> the prime minister arrived in the last hour, went down to the mine entrance about 200 meters from where we are now. we believe he's meeting with mine officials, trying to find out the latest and also with members of an official investigation team who are at the site, trying to find out what happened and why it's happened. we know that the blast happened about 23 hours ago now. unfortunately, that fire until recently was still burning.
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we were talking to some of the rescuers in the last half hour, telling us they've only been able to bring bodies out from the mine in the last few hours. i believe initially they were trying to pump clean air into the mine shaft, that obviously to help the miners trapped in there to breathe. part of the problem was the poisonous gas levels of increasing, making it difficult to get clean air in and making it difficult for rescuers to go in and rescue anyone. people on the scene have been telling us they did manage to get as far as three kilometers into one of the mine shafts, however they haven't been able to get very deep into the mine and we know the accident happened about two kilometers down, so perhaps in the words injured and some of the remaining trapped are at that depth, as well. when the energy minister spoke, he is very concerned about the hundreds still trapped.
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if it turns out many of them are not able to get out alive, this could be the worst disaster for workers in turkey, certainly more than 20 years ago, there was a mine czars killing more than 200 people, but in recent years, this is definitely the worst accident that happened and it looks like it's just going to get worse. >> reporting from the ongoing operations in turkey. >> there has been another coal mining accident in west virginia, killing two miners. they died monday preparing the mine for abandonment. that mine is located in wharton. this mine has a long history of safety violations. the company didn't report the injuries to dozens of miners in 2012 and 2013. >> there is a new statement coming out this morning from the world health organization concerning the mers virus, stopping short of calling the spread a public health emergency, but is increasingly concerned about the situation.
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this follows a warning from the c.d.w. putting out warnings in airports. there have been 500 confirmed cases around the world, 148 deaths this year. two cases have been detected in the u.s. >> things are going back to normal at chicago's two major airports this morning. more than 1200 flights were canceled out of o'hare and midway airports tuesday. an electrical problem caused smoke to go inside a shaft at a critical air traffic control center, affecting flights across the region. aviation officials said delays averaged 90 minutes and two and a half hours at midway. flights were back on track late last night. >> the harsh winter weather blamed for one of the worst record for flight cancellations in decades. airlines canceled 4.6% of flights between january and march because of the snow and ice storms. they say that is the highest rate of cancellations in two decades of data being collected. in 2001, 4.4% of the flights
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were scrapped. the major carriers, jet blue hit hardest, canceling 2% of flights. >> climate change is a direct threat to national security. that's according to a new report by a government-funded research organization. the study blames global warming for in part increasing tensions among some countries. it says extreme weather causes troop levels to be stretched thin and sparks unrest in unstable regions. u.s. secretary of state john kerry plans a major address on the issue later this summer. >> it is becoming a daily occurrence, another fast-spreading wildfire in the southwest threatening both lives and property. >> this time, it was the so-called bernardo fire. >> from oklahoma to texas to further out west, we've seen quite a rash of fires. dim digit temperatures and high winds in california, residents
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have been bracing for their own wildfires. tuesday morning, the fires came. >> around 10:45 a.m., the fire started in north san diego county. then swept by 25-mile per hour wind gusts, it quickly spread over 850-acres with flames in some places reaching eight feet high and smoke so thick that it made the roadway nearly impassable in some parts. >> it is unusual in may to have wind driven fires like this that prove to be such a challenge to contain. >> the fires came dangerously close to homes, prompting resident to say fight fire with garden hoses. san diego sheriffs overnight said 5,000 people as well as 400 animals were evacuated. >> it's been very smooth, we've had a lot of people assist with getting the horse out of here. some horse owners don't have
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trailers. everyone who has them have been generously offering to help. >> as firefighters continue to battle the wildfires, things appear to be getting back to normal. >> all residents are good to go back to their residence in the areas. >> we have no structure loss. we have no loss of life or major injuries. it really is a successful day when you can walk away from an incident like that. >> there was a much smaller fire just outside of los angeles tuesday. that one burned around 150 acres. already authorities say there has been nearly twice as much wildfire activity as normal in southern california so far in 2014. del and stephanie. >> john henry smith, thank you very much. >> the soaring temperatures, coupled with dry winds are not making it any easier for fire across in california. >> for more, we turn to nicole mitchell just to see how hot it is going to be. good morning, nicole. >> being so army right now, the humidity is higher as the
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temperatures drop overnight. once we get the sunlight out and winds kick up, particularly into the afternoon hours, here's what we're watching for places like california. you have the very low humidity, in some case less than 10%. that dries out the vegetation. wind gusts could exceed 50 miles an hour through the next couple of days especially in the afternoon. anything that gets going has a lot of fuel to work with, so to speak with dry vegetation and winds that will whip it along. a lot of the eastern half of the country under the moisture, western half of the country very dry. i'll show you that drought condition in a second. getting out toward the western portion of the country, high pressure in place over the rockies, the flow around that is clockwise, meaning we have winds coming in from the south and heading toward the west as we get into california, that produces a down slope wind, the santa ana winds that fuel things up. >> we have been dry.
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fires in oklahoma and texas, you can see this is an extreme drought area just like in portions of california. not just san diego, we've had this spreading into parts of mexico in the next couple days something we'll have to monitor very closely. temperatures near 100 degrees in portion of los angeles. in fact parts of the city easily going over, so all that have contributing to that high fire risk. we have the risk for strong storms. i'll have more on that coming up. >> nigeria's government said it is ready to negotiate with boko haram for the release of those 276 kidnapped school girls. the group's leader offered to release the girls in exchange for rebel prisoners. protests showing no signs of letting up, demonstrators putting pressure on the government for the way they say the situation has been handled. australia's prime minister tony abbot working to ban boko haram in his country, branding it a
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terrorist organization. >> the u.s. is imposing sanctions against leaders in the central african republic. it targets five individuals including the former president and former transitional president. the white house said the sanctions sane powerful message that impunity will not be tolerated. the men were block lifted by the united nations. >> a ceasefire agreement was signed for south sudan, but both sides accusing each other of breaking the deal. rereport on the growing humanitarian cries in south sudan. >> she has lost everything. her hometown has changed hands several times since fighting first reached here in january. her house is in ruins. >> this was my home. it was burned by the soldiers.
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they killed three of my children and took all the sorghum grain and everything in our house. we are left to die without food, water or shelter. they have taken away everything. >> nearby, there are nasty surprises in the well. the violence started in december, troops loyal to the president have fought those loyal to the former vice president. the u.n. said both sides have committed crimes against humanity, mass killings and rape. this town's now under rebel control. the government controls the capital and most of the lucrative oil wells. the two sides signed a ceasefire friday, both accusing each other of breaking it. meanwhile, there's a worsening food crisis. it's difficult and costly to aid agencies to reach most of those in need. this charity hospital, medics say the growing malnutrition is bringing on all kind of other health problems, too.
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>> you see today among the children seen, there are six children and have suspected measles infection. >> the conflicts already killed thousands, destroyed whole towns and livelihoods. since the ceasefire was signed, people still aren't sure if the fighting will actually come to a stop. even if it does, ill will take years to recover. malcolm webb, aljazeera, south sudan. >> sergey lavrov on the cries in ukraine in an interview today said ukraine is as close to civil war as you can get. kiev's government has agreed to hold national unity talks, part of a plan laid out by the organization for security and cooperation in europe. on you cranes prime and national
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lawmakers are attending, but accept are activity rebels are not part of the talks. kiev blames armed separatists for attacks. >> a meeting to set thigh land's election date is now delayed, the commission saying the talks have been put off until tomorrow because of security concerns. polls are now set for july 20 but may be moved to put an end to the counties political cries. the prime minister was ousted from office after months of violent anti-government protests there. >> a judge ordered oscar pistorius to undergo psych trim tests putting his murder trial on hold. the judge said the court was ill equipped to accept the diagnose of a medical expert for the defense and therefore should be sent for evaluation. he will likely receive treatment for 30 days as an out patient. his family are comforted by the judgment and confident he can receive a fair trial. he is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend. he said he confused her for an intruder. >> the pentagon closer to making
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an unprecedented move rewarding chelsea manning, the convicted national security leaker. according to the associated press, manning once known as bradley maybe moved to a treatment prison for treatment of a gender disorder, asking for hormone therapy and to live out the rest of her life as a woman. the u.s. military doesn't provide such treatments and he can't be discharged while serving a 35 year prison sentence. >> a stay of execution or a prisoner on death row in texas. he was supposed to be put to death tuesday for raping and murdering a woman in 1991. it was set for the first execution in the country since a botched execution last month in oklahoma. >> clerks in idaho expected to issue marriage license to say same sex couples friday morning. tuesday a federal judge ruled the state's ban on gay marriage
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is unconstitutional. the constitution at of the law was challenged. idaho's governor saying he will appeal the unjunction. they will start issuing marriage certificates friday morning. >> some of the most cancer treatment drugs can run tens of thousands of dollars. doctors question if it's worth writing a prescription. >> a victory for your privacy rights on the web. a court ruling overseas that could change your image on line. >> terrifying video of a barrel bomb dropping in syria. that moment and others captured by our team of citizen journalists around the world. r
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>> you're looking live at a lovely view of dublin, ireland, where it is 57 degrees. you're looking at the temple bar popular watering hole on the corner of sycamore street. dublin, just over a million people is ireland's largest city
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bay large margin. >> a wi wee margin, drop in fora pint. >> stories from our citizen journalists around the world. >> a bomb dropped blacks away from where they're recording. this activists claim the government was behind that attack. you can see the moment the bomb drops. >> human rights watch saying those bombs are inhumane. >> in vietnam, taking to the streets. this footage shows demonstrators starting fires at a factory in ho chi minh city. >> in new security camera footage, a man driving his truck into the lobby of a maryland t.v. station where del walters
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used to work. >> sat in that lobby many a day. >> he barricaded himself inside there, the police arresting the 29-year-old, describing him as mentally ill hours later. the station evacuated and a nearby school locked down. >> they actually broadcast from the basement and the other stations carried their signal, as well. >> thankfully no one was hurt. >> an offer to chicago area gang members to get guns off the streets. >> first, temperatures across the country today. >> good for a lot of people. you might want the winter coat if you're in denver in that cold air. we've had snow earlier in the week. fifty's and 60's up the east coast and west coast with the core of our heat. midsection of the country
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remains cool. fifty's and 60's is a little fall like. ahead of this in the warm air we can see the risk for severe weather, anywhere drop the gulf coast up to the great lakes today and then thunderstorms, as well. those areas, 70's and 80's, the real hot spot where we have the fire concern, temperatures near 100 in los angeles today. >> and half the country in drought. [ laughter ] >> gun crime has been a serious problem in chicago for years. it's been on the decline this year, thanks to a police push to take firearms off the streets. a catholic priest is making an offer hard to refuse. >> thriving as a haven for the faithful for eight decades, over the years, its mission changed to include fighting violence on the streets. >> the reality is it is easier in this community to buy a gun than a computer. >> the father is taking an
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unusual tack, offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of someone selling illegal guns. >> i want to get one gun runner and throw the books at him, and payoff a reward and get a out there so that we can make an example. >> week after week, chicago police show off guns they've taken off the streets, but it's just a dent in an endless supply. >> all these guns don't come through mr. big. there's not one person funneling a million firearms in chicago. they come from different places in dribs. >> so far this year, officers have recovered 2100 firearms. on the poor south and west sides of chicago, the $5,000 bounty sounds like a lot of money, but a member of the gangster disciples doubts the church's
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bounty will work. >> $5,000? i hope that's going to be money to bury you, because that's what's going to happen. >> the father handed out the reward once before and the city's top cop stands by him. >> when it comes to the issue of firearms, he's definitely in the right place and anything that he can do to support us stopping guns from hitting the street, i support, and a reward for gun runners, yes, that's obviously something that can help us. >> i think once somebody sees wow, they really are giving a reward for this, they really are going to jail for selling guns on the street, once we set an example, it starts a ripple effect. it's not the end-all answer, it's part of the answer. >> the cold receipts on the street where death is a near daily experience. aljazeera, chicago. >> there have been at least 125 reported homicides in chicago so far this year, including six people killed by police. >> two medications that could help tens of thousands of
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alcoholics are not being prescribed enough by doctors. according to a new study, researchers found lack of awareness among doctors in questions and questions about the efficacy of the drugs resulted in fewer used. some 18 million americans have alcohol problems and excessive drinking kills 88,000 people a year. the study was published tuesday in the journal of the american medical association. >> the u.s. now number one, the world's number one consumer of wine, the achievement knocking france off the top spot for the first time ever. wine officials say it is the fact that the french are drinking less and americans developing a greater taste for wine. >> we want wine to be a friendly beverage, and in the past, i think wine was very much, you know, high end, very expensive, that was the connotation. now, i think you're seeing people just hey, i can get a
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great bottle of wine for under $20, under $15, and or a glass of wine at dinner, you know, those with the changing trends in the industry, and i think those trends are here to stay. people are embracing wine as a national beverage. >> but all is not lost for the french, the u.s. lags way behind in terms of consumption per person. >> battling back over the high cost of treating cancer, some of the most important drugs run tens of thousands of dollars. now even doctors are calling for change. >> road rage in rio, the world cup used as leverage in the labor dispute. >> a controversy over a film about princess grace. monaco's royal family said it's pure fiction and why there are from versions of the same movie. >> a look now at our images of the day, people in south sudan
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captured by a photographer killed, her body found in the western part that have country and her death marking the first time a western reporter there has died since french troops were sent in back in december.
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>> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. >> ahead in our next half hour, italy is making a plea to its european allies for help over deadly voyages after yet another ship capsizes. >> the cans film festival and a controversy with locals there. >> tom wheeler is urged to ban
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his politically closive measure. f.c.c. members were asked to cancel a thursday vote. the proposal would allow broad band providers to sell special access to content providers. >> you can learn about someone by googling their name. some of what you learn can be embarrassing. some in europe will be able to wipe their google sleights clean. >> for years, sites have enabled users to access information about people and places. with so much data on the net, there have long been issues about who controls personal information once posted on line. on tuesday, the european court of justice in luxembourg ruled in the case of a spanish man who wanted to force google to remove content about him that he said was out of date, not to mention embarrassing. in long and at times legally
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dense language, the court gave its response. >> a manager is obliged to eliminate followed the search based on a person's name linked to websites that contain information relating to that person. >> the man who brought the case called the decision a victory for liberty. >> if you say to me that by using the anonymity of the internet you can insult someone and say anything you want to them, with all due respect, for me, that is not freedom of expression. freedom of expression is every idea that can be passed along and appreciated. >> that is not how google sees it. in a statement, google said this is a disappointing ruling for search engines and on line publishers. wee need to analyze the implications. >> for its part, the european commission welcomed the
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decision, as did many social media users. >> there really isn't any option on there to contact google, to ask them to remove all pictures of yourself or information on yourself, basically. >> the court of justice's ruling is likely to change that. dominic cain, aljazeera. >> we are joined by a partner at the law firm that specializes in data security. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> juvenile records sealed forever, a statute of limitations on crimes, but that one night of wild drinking in college can haunt you forever on line. don't americans have a right to be forgotten, as well? >> well, we have a different approach in the u.s. versus the e.u. no doubt about it, this was an earthquake of a decision and there will be after shocks for sometime to come. in the u.s., though, we don't have this fundamental right to privacy. we've got to balance it against
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the right to free speech and free press. >> don't americans usually believe that they are ahead of the curve as far as europe is concerned with reward to say individual rights, the right to privacy being key? >> right to privacy always is balanced against something else. we don't want to end up where we ever a recorder for each internet search. there is always a balancing test. even in this court decision, there was a balancing there in terms of what is this fundamental right to privacy that they have versus the economic interests of google or the public's right to access that information. that was not seen as important to that fundamental right to privacy, which is different in the u.s. and where there is a big support for a business, and a big support for privacy, but again, balanced against are there other ways that we can address that. >> the e.u. commissioner in his ruling saying he said r. says the ruling needs to bring to at a protection rules from the digital stone age into today's
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modern computing world. doesn't he have a point and shouldn't courts in the united states be looking at this and saying maybe they got it right over there? >> in the e.u., the court came up with its decision on this endorsement of the right to be forgotten, digital eraser button. the last two years, the e.u. has been working on legislation, can we amend this right to be forgotten and the court here just went right to that step. in the u.s., there is no over arching privacy federal law. we take a different approach on businesses and certain data. it's not that a court is going to come out with that decision, but is there legislation to do it piecemeal. we tell clients watch what california is doing. next year, there is a children's digital eraser button going into effect. >> so that wild night of partying is staying on line.
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thanks for being with us this morning. >> while google took a hit with privacy, it is moving had you with a self driving car. google chauffeured reporters around california. the company is talks about integrating their technology into vehicles. it will probably be at least six years before the first self driving cars available to the public and google admits the first generation may be limited in what they can do. >> president obama will be talking about america's transportation infrastructure today during a visit to a bridge just north of new york city in terrytown. the president will call on congress to support his transsportation plan. right now a new bridge is being build alongside the old one.
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a $1.6 billion federal loan was recently approved for that project. >> with the world cup a month away, workers' unions in brazil are using the games as leverage to demand more from corporations and the government. the latest, a bus strike in rio de janeiro crippling the city. it couldn't come at a worse time. >> public transport chaos in rio de janeiro, as city bus drivers strike, leaving more than 1.5 million people stranded, bus stations packed during a busy morning commute. drivers want a pay increase from the $860 a month they currently make and they want better working conditions. >> for 48 hours we will strike, because this is ridiculous. the bus company owners make lots of money and we are humiliated at work. we go out with broken tires, broken radios and we have a right to a dignified salary.
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>> tensions are high, patience low. dozens of buses were vandalized by upset commuters and police called in to protect bus company garages. with no buses, many people have been forced to use illegal minivans that are charging more than three times the normal price. >> i left for work yesterday, because i work 12 hour shifts and rest 36. i was on duty and learned last night about the strike today and now i'm here, waiting for a long time, not being able to get home. it's hard. >> the strike comes at a sensitive time as brazil is set to host the football word cup next month, seen my many of the countries powerful unions as a high-profile leverage for strikes. >> in six of the 12 world cup host cities, there have been strikes or threats of strikes in recent weeks. everything from police officers to teachers to bus drivers. here in sao paulo, metro workers are threatening a strike on
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thursday. if they do, it will grind to a halt of the transport in the city. >> a complete stop only of police in the world cup is unlikely as it's been ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. 70% have the bus drivers are ordered back to work. it is not clear if they will comply. the strike and chaos could go on for another 24 hours. aljazeera, sao paulo. >> also on strike, consulate workers in 17 american and european cities, including los angeles, new york and london, affecting visa services just ahead of the games. >> a session of parliament and honduras turning from business as usual to chaos. military police forcing the countries former president out of congress using tear gas. the former leader was protesting against a conservative government, which is preventing him of taking part in debates.
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he was ousted in a military coup in 2009. >> the president is giving house republicans a deadline for immigration reform. the president said congress has just two or three months to start working on an overhaul before mid term campaigning begins in earnest. mr. obama accuses some gop members of holding back reform, but says a number of republicans realizing that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea. >> immigration debate of a different sort in italy, italian leaders calling for more to prevent disasters on its shores. the plea follows the sinking of a boat with hundreds onboard. >> finally reaching the shores they have risked their lives for, these 200 migrant arrive on tuesday night. they were rescued after their overcrowded wooden boat sank off the coast of libya on monday. >> the boat sunk quickly.
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there were two cargo ships that rescued them before we could get there. >> 17 migrants, including 12 women and two children died after drowning. more are still missing. >> italy boosted this rescue fleet and deployed vehicles after a single ship wreck claimed the lives of more than 350 people last october. as the latest tragedy proofs, the war on illegal migration has yet to be won. >> 30,000 migrants tried to reach europe via identity, a 10 fold increase compared to last year. this tragedy drew a wave of criticism. faced with an unprecedented in flux of migrants, the italian government accused the european of not doing enough to help. illegal migration is one of the main campaigning issues in italy. the separatists northern league recently published videos
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showing mike grants were warned not to travel to italy and many do, and die trying. >> the new report says the number of migrants and refugees found crossing illegally into the european union rose sharply after leer. the highest number of people head for italy's shores. >> a newly crashed drone reported is actually a toilet. the door was a similar blue color to three drones believed to be from north korea found in march and april. north korea denied sending any surveillance aircraft over the border. >> china launching construction projects on a contested group of islands in the south china sea, sparking protests in the philippines, beijing calling the move routine. manila said it violates a long standing pledge not to build on any disputed islands in the sea.
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china deployed a large oil rig. secretary of state john kerry criticizing beijing's moves as provocative. several countries lay claim to part of the south nine that sea. >> china's trying to shake its reputation as the world's leading manufacture of cheap goods. the government in cage r. beijing pushing chinese companies to invest money abroad. it's creating a multi-million dollar boom in some of the country says poorest places. >> a $3.8 billion railway announced in nairobi. originating in kenya, the line will link one of the world's fastest populations to its neighbors throughout east africa. this on the heels of last week's announcement of at least $12 billion in additional fund to go build roads, rails and airports in an around nigeria. in february, china extended
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$300 billion to india to help fund its infrastructure development, including solar and nuclear power facilities. it's an offer the indian government is still weighing. other nations have not been hesitant. china funded gas and oil pipe lines running frog kassing stan. in afghanistan, the country invested heavily in oil fields and copper mines. latin america has also benefited from china's deep pockets. brazil's super port was nicknamed the highway to china after a chinese company sunk $5 billion into a port side steel factory. in central america, a chinese businessman is footing the bill for a $40 billion grant canal across nicaragua. in comparison, china's gift to costa rica, a state-of-the-art soccer stadium is a steal at just over $100 million. never accused china of failing
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to dream big. just this month, its state-run newspaper reported plans to build a high speed rail from china through russia and across the beringstrait. the entire trip was estimated to take two days. >> the world bank says economic growth may rise more than five percent in sub sahara africa this year based solely on investments from china. >> cancer drugs pulling in $100 billion last year. >> doctors writing prescriptions for these expensive treatments find that those profits hard to swallow.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. just ahead, the fight some of the medical world are waging to bring down the rising comfort of cancer drugs. >> lets look at wet weather across the country today. >> we would like to do a swap where we have the rain we've had too much and not anywhere we can need it. the western half of the country stays dry again today. the gulf coast, where over the last month we've had very heavy rain producing systems and a little bit too saturated, more of that is going to move in through the course of the day today. by later into this afternoon, watch all across the gulf coast in some of these places easily two or three inches of rain and you can see that, isolated spots six inches or more. this moisture extends up to the great lakes region where we could see some of the stronger storms, a slight risk for severe weather, flooding our bigger risk. you can see a lot of the eastern third of the country is going to
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be at least under some chances for moisture. it's not moving particularly fast. keep the galoshes out. >> federal although shorts cracking down on medicare fraud, arresting 90 people in six cities. they say many of the schemes included paying elderly patients to file excessive claims over billing by home health care agencies and payment for services never rendered. most of the arrests never happened in cities like detroit or los angeles. since stepping up the crackdown in 2007, 1900 people have been arrested for falsely billing medicare, up wards of $6 billion. >> a threat of penalty is a reason a lot of you signed up for affordable care act. health sharing ministries are helping. we explain you want to do your research before joining one. >> robert joined a health care
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sharing ministry, health coverage not connected with any one church but tied to a shared belief system. >> you still have a scar. >> yeah, right in front of my ear here. >> that's where doctors perform brain surgery. the peoria based organization picked up the $36,000 bill for his surgery. >> we have two or three needs that exceed $100,000. >> each of the 100,000 plus members must belong to a christian church, pay a one time $200 initiation fee, sign forms promising to attend worship services at least three times per month and abtain from any sexual activity outside of traditional biblical marriage. the ministry enforces this code requiring each application and
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recertification be kind by a local church leader. >> if someone decides i don't want to go to church anymore, we're going to encourage them to find a different option. for medical bills, the ministry arranges payment. they do not collect, pool or invest money. when a member has a verified expense, he is sent a list of other members who have been instructed to mail him their monthly share checks. for example, to cover the costs of robert's $36,000 brain surgery, more than 100 members literally sent him checks. in this way, millions of dollars along with get well cards are sent directly household to household. >> is it less efficient? maybe. but it's not supposed to be more efficient. it's supposed to be beautiful. it's supposed to bring glory toes. >> >> supporters say the system works because members have faith in each other, yet there are risks. >> it's buyer beware out there. because they are not regulated, they don't to have meet state standards, particularly for
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solvency. ministries offer assistance to members with financial hardships, but if someone doesn't pay their monthly share, there's no legal recourse. the person who should have received the share that month is simply assigned a new member whose payment may or may not arrive a month later. >> that doesn't stop robert. >> i have no plans to go back to health insurance. >> some of those health care sharing ministries assign on line member accounts where they can transfer and receive money from each other. >> the average cost of brand name cancer drugs ever doubled, life saving prescription costs more than $100,000 per year. it has leading oncologists debating whether patients can afford to treat their cancer.
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we are joined from an attending physician at a cancer center. global spending on drugs continue to rise from $71 billion in 2008 to $91 billion in 2013. are doctors like yourself being forced to consider affordability now when determining treatment options? we always consider affordability when we consider treatment options for patients, but it's certainly becoming a more prominent part of our thinking and discussions. >> let's look at price increases from 2007 to today. the lodo used to treat colon cancer, 125% more expensive. treatment for leukemia a 31% increase and $306 per pill for another treatment. is there any justification for drug companies to raise their
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prices to the degree we're looking at here in this chart? i think the real problem here is we do not have a rational organized orderly marketplace for these drugs. i actually would say that the industry is as much as anybody else a victim of what you would call an economically perverse marketplace. the normal market forces, the invisible hand of adam smith is not working here. while these price rises maybe difficult at times to understand, they are all happening because of forces that are not normal in any other marketplace. >> does the cost of a drug necessarily correspondent with its effectiveness? are these drugs that expensive because they really can cure and treat cancer better than anything else out there? >> well, that really gets to the core issue that we're concerned with right now, and that is the disconnect between the value of drugs in certain settings and what we're paying for them.
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what really is happening in the marketplace right now is that drugs that on the one hand extends life by very little and drugs that extend life or transform illnesses dramatically are revolutionary actually come in at similar prices. that's the part of the marketplace that doesn't seem rational. >> what's behind this and should the government step in and regulate prices? >> i don't think that there's any one solution right now. what we're doing is opening up the discussion are stake holders, patients and their advocates to the insurers to the pharmaceutical industry, to the physicians, to the hospital administrators. everybody that has a stake in this. we want to inject more rationality into this system. >> the insurance companies are unwilling to cover the cost of these high priced drugs in many
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cases, correct? >> i've seen widely variable coverage. people have carrying co pay or varying degrees of coverage and the insurance companies really in general want patients who are covered to do well. we just have some artificial barriers to success that we want to break down. >> we wish you luck in getting to the bottom of this, president of the american society of oncology and an attending physician, thanks for joining us this morning, sir. >> cannes film festival under way in france. causing controversy in monaco. it's the glamour story of princess grace kelley. the royal family now wishing it was never made. >> why did i leave hollywood? >> a movie star playing the movie star who became the princess, grace kelley wowed hollywood, then swapped movies for monarchy.
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they met at the cannes film festival. fitting that a movie about that very marriage opens the show here. this is no fairytale and there is as much drama about the movie as in it. >> the royal family is furious about this film. as far as the palace is concerned, it never should have been made and should be boycotted. the problem it has is that grace kelley was incredibly popular and 32 years after she died, people still seem s to be fascinated by her. the more the palace tell people not to see the film, it seems in general, monaco just can't wait. >> will you be seeing this? >> sure, we will. we will. >> i'm so happy that they have made a film. i don't know what is in that film, but i really want to see it. >> the family is scathing in its response. le trailer appears to be a far
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as is the official line out of monte carlo with the accusation that the directors and producers refused to take considerations by the palace because they were critical of the whole film. >> the overwhelming opinion in monaco is that they're really excited to see it. >> this film is about the dispute between grace and her husband, between him and france and even it's makers fell out. the american distributor and french director had a very public feud during the editing phase with two verses being cut. at one point, the movie was threatened not to be shown at cannes. the movie is making headlines at the festival, even if they are not the kind man co's royals
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want. >> the movie doesn't have a u.s. release date yet. it will likely open in theaters this fall. >> a retired army sergeant who served with distinction in afghanistan has been given america's highest military honor. president obama awards the medal of honor to kyle white tuesday. sergeant white was cited for heroic actions in an ambush in 2007 when he saved a comrade's life and made sure other soldiers were safely evacuated. sergeant white said he will never forget the soldiers killed in that attack. >> the opening of the 9/11 museum at ground zero in new york city. we'll be there live for the dedication ceremony nearly 13 years after the attack on the world trade center. >> thanks for joining us this morning. >> the news continues in two minutes, including the very latest on that race to rescue those miners trapped in turkey,
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232 already reported dead. >> a reminder to have a great morning and we will see you right back here at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. >> i'm joe berlinger this is the system i'd like to think of this show as a watch dog about the system... to make sure justice is being served. with our personal liberties taken away from us, it better be done the right way. is justice really for all?
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